University of Alicante President
University of Alicante Honorary President
Regional Secretary for Universities and Research
University of Valencia President.
University Miguel Hernandez of Elche President
UA Social Council Chairman
PhD. Mr. Gómez Sala.
Mr. Francisco Gómez. Mr. Vicente del Bosque.
University Community members.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a university tradition to present a summary of the annual report from previous academic year within the framework of the academic year official opening.
One more year, this tradition is followed, with the conviction that it is a necessary instrument at the service of society and the university community, to account for the activities carried out by the University. We will make a brief description of the most relevant aspects of the past year.
The full annual report of the 2018/2019 academic year will be available on our institutional website.
On 13 September 2018, the opening ceremony of the academic year was held.
The inaugural lecture was given by Professor of Philosophy of Law Manuel Atienza Rodríguez.
The University Senate met in ordinary session on 2018 November 2018 to receive the reports of the University President and the Ombudsman and to carry out the election of the members of the Complaints Committee.
During the 2018/2019 academic year, elections were held in two of our centres, with lecturer Luis Gras García, from the Faculty of Science, and lecturer José Antonio Hurtado Sánchez, from the Faculty of Health Sciences, being elected Deans.
The University of Alicante Social Council held eight meetings of its relevant committees and three plenary sessions during the past academic year. The third edition of the Social Council awards and the first meeting of university venues the Social Council were also being held. In February, Mr. Adolfo Utor Martínez was appointed chairman of the Social Council, replacing Mr. Francisco Gómez Andreu. In February, Mr. Adolfo Utor Martínez was appointed as chairman of the Social Council, replacing Mr. Francisco Gómez Andreu.
In terms of studies and training, during the last academic year, a policy of action was developed aimed at extending the list of official undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as practical-oriented courses and academic activities. It is worth noting that the undergraduate degrees in Marketing, International Relations, Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, and Child Education (in Alcoy) have been successfully implemented and the places were completely covered.
Postgraduate degrees have also been consolidated, with the implementation of the official Master’s degrees in Cybersecurity and in Social Innovation and Dynamics of Change. Also, with the approval of the proposal of two new Master’s degrees in Cultural Tourism and in Conservation of Biodiversity and Restoration of Marine and Terrestrial Environment.
The proposal for two international degrees was also approved: the dual international degree in Business Administration from the University of Alicante and Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of North Florida, and the dual Master's degree in English and Spanish for specific purposes from the University of Alicante and the Master's degree in Forensic Linguistics from the East China University of Political Science and Law.
A total of sixty-five postgraduate and specialisation programmes were taught. Also, eighty-seven courses were approved for our in-house Master's, Specialist and Expert programmes, including the new ones, and a total of three hundred and fifty-five specialisation courses and activities were carried out.
As for our Doctoral School, a hundred and eighteen theses have been defended, of which thirty-five have been awarded with the international PhD endorsement.
The Lifelong Learning Programme included a total of one hundred and thirty-seven courses. The Senior Integrated Programme has been consolidated, more than thirty extracurricular activities have been carried out, we have participated in three European Erasmus Plus projects and research work continues on the role and perception of the elderly in the media.
With regard to the UA Library, the use of the electronic collection by researchers has notably increased, with an average of three hundred and sixty-three visits to our electronic resources, as well as the loan service, with over two hundred and fifty thousand books borrowed from our printed collection, a figure far above the average of all the REBIUN libraries.
On internships in companies, the last academic year, six hundred and eight educational cooperation agreements were signed with companies and institutions for external internships to be carried out by our students, allowing more than five thousand students to do internships in companies. Moreover, our students have also benefited from external internships within the programmes of our Internships & Work Placements Office, including the Aitana-Erasmus Plus Programme and internships funded by the ONCE-CRUE Foundation.
In terms of entrepreneurship, the UA Observatory for Labour Market Integration carried out several actions last year, including the following:
- The first edition of the GENNERA Programme, which seeks to create a space for strategic innovation between the leading companies in the province and our University graduates.
- The second edition of a Conference on Legal Entities for Entrepreneurs, which focused on worker-owned companies on this occasion.
- The fourth edition of the ‘Career Development Factory’ Programme.
- The ‘Explorer Programme’, to support entrepreneurship..
- And the continuation of the ‘Improve your Workplace Integration’ Programme.
In the 2018/2019 academic year, the SICUE National Mobility Programme has been maintained, and one hundred and fourteen students have benefited from it. Regarding the ERASMUS PLUS Programme, within the framework of mobility in the European area, five hundred and twenty-three students from our University have enjoyed this mobility and six hundred and ten students from other Universities have chosen Alicante as the place for their stay. In the framework of the non-European mobility, eleven students from the University of Alicante were selected to study in destinations such as Georgia, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States and Tunisia, and fifteen foreign students had the opportunity to study at the University of Alicante financed by this programme for the first time last year. As for the UA in-house Global Mobility Programme, high participation for both outgoing and incoming students has been maintained as a result of the signing of new agreements with prestigious universities on the five continents.
Also in the framework of international relations, the University of Alicante attended the Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education, which has allowed it to promote its internationalisation agenda, and was represented at the NAFSA Annual Conference 2019 to strengthen the presence of the UA in the United States.
In September last year, the University of Alicante joined the Magna Charta Universitatum, in an event in Salamanca that brought together more than two hundred and fifty university presidents from countries all over the world, under the slogan "University values in a changing world".
In the area of research and knowledge transfer, we must highlight that during the 2018/2019 academic year, the University of Alicante, through its R&D+i core strategy, has allocated around one million eight hundred thousand euros to its in-house programme of aid for the promotion of research. Public-private partnership actions in the area of research and knowledge transfer have also been consolidated, which in the past year enabled the development of seven industrial doctoral projects and the financing of two new proofs of concept.
In Public R&D Projects for National Programmes, a total of five million euros was raised, which is a forty-seven percent increase over the previous year; and for Regional Programmes, resources of more than six million euros were raised, which also represents an increase of more than thirty percent. With regard to international programmes, last year support was given to the presentation of sixty-six proposals for R&D+i projects, submitted to thirty-three different European calls for applications. In addition, twenty-four contracts have been signed with the European Commission, which has attracted funds of over two and a half million euros. Also, seventy-two international R&D+i projects has been executed, five of them coordinated by the University of Alicante.
Thanks to the funding from the public tendering processes described above, the number of contracts for new researchers has increased by twenty-four percent with respect to the previous year.
During the past year, six hundred and twenty-eight research agreements and contracts were signed, for a total of five million four hundred thousand euros. Fifteen Spanish patent applications were made and nine were extended internationally and six new licenses were signed for the exploitation of research results.
The Technical Research Services carried out an important number of services, with more than ten thousand applications managed and attended to, surpassing the trend of previous years. Likewise, the scientific journals of the University of Alicante were awarded nine FECYT quality seals last year, in addition to the six previously awarded.
With the aim of improving its presence and in a clear commitment to training and information, this past academic year the UA Divulga, the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit, was created to promote interest in science, scientific vocations and innovative talent.
In terms of our commitment to quality and educational innovation, several actions have been carried out during the 2018/2019 academic year, including the renewal of the accreditation of twenty-five degree programmes (9 official Master's degrees and 16 PhD degrees). Also, the implementation of a programme for assessing our academic staff teaching activity, and the obtaining of two new international EUR-ACE quality seals for two degree programmes of the Polytechnic School.
The University of Alicante has maintained its programmes and developed new initiatives related to educational innovation, such as the Training Programme for New Academic and Research Staff Members, the Training Programme for EMI Teachers and the Teaching Activity Improvement Plan.
We are pleased to note that the University of Alicante is already present in the three main university rankings in the world. In the Shanghai Ranking, the UA has improved its results with respect to the previous edition and there are several subjects of our University that appear among the 500 best in the world.
The University of Alicante has entered for the first time in the prestigious QS Ranking, which analyses what it considers to be the thousand best universities in the world and which offers results both globally and by fields of study.
In the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, which analyses one thousand five hundred institutions from all over the world, the University of Alicante stands out in all fields of knowledge, and was also placed among the two hundred best universities in the world in terms of gender equality.
With regard to the campus, it is worth noting the starting of the refurbishment works on the twenty-third building, which is currently used by the International Relations Office, and the building works on the New Business Creation Centre within the University of Alicante's Science Park. We are also pleased to point out that our Natural Collections building (building No. 22), has been recognised as one of the most relevant rehabilitation projects in 2018.
The University of Alicante has carried out several actions in the field of sustainability, such as starting the drafting of the UA Mobility Plan, with a challenging campaign "Move yourself around the UA campus" to promote sustainable travel, and installing water fountains to reduce the number of disposable plastic bottles.
In the field of technology, we must highlight the implementation of the electronic voting system, the implementation of thirteen new administration procedures that can be now carried out electronically, and thirty-seven services offered to the university community through UACloud have increased their performance.
In the cultural area, in the academic year 2018/2019, it should be noted that in addition to the offer of the cultural agenda in theatre, music and dance on campus, we have reached the seventh edition of the Classical Theatre Festival of La Alcudia, and we have consolidated the School Contest of Greco-Latin Theatre.
We have also consolidated the University of Alicante Museum educational and informational Sunday programme (Los domingos al MUA), and the Artistic Creation & Research Residence Programme.
The University of Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet has been set up and our Choir has achieved the challenge of representing an opera.
A good number of activities have been carried out at the Alicante City Venue and at the other university venues and off-campus culture halls. Also, the creation of two new university venues in Calpe and in La Vila, and three new off-campus culture halls in the municipalities of Bigastro, Aigües and Sella is noteworthy.
We would also like to highlight that last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Mario Benedetti Centre for Ibero-American Literary Studies.
In the field of sports, we are pleased to recall that the representatives of the University of Alicante in the Spanish University Championships won twenty-three medals and that the women's indoor football team participated in all the finals in the last seven years, winning five gold and two silver medals.
In the Regional University Sports Championship, our sportsmen and sportswomen won ninety-three medals and, as for the federated ones, the triathlon team was once again champion of the King's Cup, after being gold in the Valencia Region Duathlon and Triathlon.
The University of Alicante, committed to social responsibility, inclusion, and gender equality, has developed several actions in these areas, in which training actions against gender violence, inclusion of gender perspective in university teaching, the UA study programme to improve employability and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities, and our “UA & YOU Volunteering Plan”, with two sea-based actions: aquatic sports activities for people with disabilities (El Mar Solidario), and working for a plastic-free coastline (Un mar sin plásticos), as well as our “Healthy University” volunteering programme.
Also, the approval of the University of Alicante Code of Ethics, which represents the commitment of the university community with our institution to university social responsibility must be pointed out.
The University of Alicante enhanced its commitment to maintain the existing research programmes and create some others. Moreover, during the previous academic year the Water Management Research Chair and the Avant Inter-University Chair were created, adding to the total of twenty-three institutional chairs at our University.
During the celebration of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the University of Alicante extraordinary awards of the previous academic year were awarded.
Continuing with the awards and distinctions, we are pleased to recall the presentation of UA 2019 Equality Award to Rosa Ballester Añón, the Maisonnave Award to José Manuel Varó Llopis, the University of Alicante Gold Laurel, posthumously, to poet Miguel Hernández, and the appointment as honorary doctors by our University to Ignacio Grossmann, with Professor José Antonio Caballero Suárez as the sponsor, and to Teresa Ortiz Gómez, with Professor Mónica Moreno Seco as the sponsor.
We are also pleased to note that the University of Alicante commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the ‘University Studies Centre’ that was the origin of our current University, and organised several events to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the University of Alicante.
The closing ceremony of the academic year was held on 21 May, with the appointment of the new PhD holders.
In this ceremony, we wish to have a very special memory for the people of our university community who passed away last year: student Andrés Mora Trujillo, administration workers Mª Ángeles Cantó Celda, Mónica Gómez Olcina and Marisol Marín Navarro, and teachers Eva Guillén Guillén, Mª Inmaculada Melchor Alós and Fernando Sánchez Amillategui.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all the people, entities, companies and institutions that have placed their trust in the University of Alicante and have contributed to the achievement of our goals. Also, my gratitude to the entire university community for having made it possible, one more year, for the University of Alicante to carry out all its activities, and for all their work and effort, sometimes not so visible, but so necessary for the good operation of our institution.
We have already begun to write the story of the new year and in this path that we are beginning to walk once again, our target will always go towards the best for the University of Alicante.
Thank you so much.
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